The late Oscar-winning director Stanley Kubrick held high esteem for years while he was still alive, and now that he has since passed, Hollywood isn’t ready to let his genius slip away. Philco Films is prepping three properties based on scripts by Kubrick, according to Screen Daily, and they seem to reflect the late film-maker’s varied career. The first will be a large-scale Civil War film entitled Downslope. The second, Lunatic At Large, will star Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell, and the third is a TV series called God Fearing Man that revolves around a famous bank robber in the early 20th century.
Philco Films isn’t aiming low with any of these properties either, as they are targeting A-list casts and crew to bring these three pieces to life. For a more detailed look at each project and the plans behind them, hit the jump.
A widely-considered lost Kubrick script entitled Lunatic at Large is moving forward and now has Iron Man 2 co-stars Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson attached. The writer/director of some of the greatest movies ever made (2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, etc.) is not letting a little thing like being dead keep him out of the movie biz. According to The Playlist, the script for Lunatic was found buried among Kubrick’s archive of stuff, after the director’s death in 1999. The screenplay, based on a treatment by pulp-writer Jim Thompson who also wrote Kubrick’s 1957 film Paths of Glory was then passed to Stephen Clarke who completed the script.
The script isn’t a new discovery, though, and story details were published in the New York Times back in 2006. Hit the jump for more.
Michael Winterbottom’s controversially violent and gratuitous film, The Killer Inside Me, was picked up early this morning by IFC Films for approximately $1.5 million for U.S. distribution. The film, based on a Jim Thompson novel and a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, stars Casey Affleck as a deputy sheriff in Texas that is revealed to have a twisted and murderous tendency. Flick also stars Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Simon Baker, Elias Koteas, and Bill Pullman.
The Killer Inside Me recently screened at Sundance, and as the article notes, marks the second movie that IFC Films has picked up recently that has a controversial reputation. Last year, they purchase distribution rights for Lar Von Trier’s Antichrist. IFC Films plans for a summer release of the Winterbottom film in theaters and on their VOD service.
UPDATE: We’ve been sent over a press release about the purchase from IFC. Hit the jump to read it: